The most structured and tannic of the lineup and a blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and a splash of Malbec that was harvested during the second week of September, the 2009 Col Solare obviously comes from a warm vintage. Offering up ripe, decadently styled aromas of blackberry, kirsch, licorice and classic Red Mountain crushed stone-like minerality (42% of the blend is from Red Mountain) on the nose, it is a big rich 2009 that has solid mid-palate depth and layers of fruit that only partially cover full-throttle tannin. Needing time to round into shape, it will benefit from another 2-3 years of bottle- age and have a solid 15+ years of overall longevity. Drink 2015-2024.
This is the first Col Solare release to bear the Red Mountain appellation. It’s a limited-production wine made from Klipsun, Kiona and estate-grown grapes. It feels tight, and it shows great depth of fruit, along with pencil lead, oreo cookie and smoke notes.
(73% cabernet sauvignon, 15% merlot, 10% cab franc and 2% malbec): Bright full ruby. Pure, vibrant nose offers raspberry, blackberry, black cherry, licorice and spices. Suave and nicely delineated in the mouth, with attractive peppery lift and a light saline nuance to the spicy black and red berry flavors. This Bordeaux blend boasts terrific inner-mouth perfume, a restrained sweetness and the medicinal reserve to support slow aging in bottle. The long, firmly tannic finish leaves notes of currant and tobacco behind, along with a building oakiness.
Here’s an old-school red with a cedary scent overlaying tightly-wrapped red plum fruit that, while tethered to warm caramel oak accents, is vertical and elegant. This is bound up and waiting for the cellar, where the polish of the tannins should relax with three years of age.
Dark and dense, with crunchy tannins around a solid core of black cherry and currant flavors, shaded with notes of sage and a hint of wet stone. Finishes strong. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Best from 2014 through 2019.
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